Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Sandy Scops-owl (Otus icterorhynchus) - HBW 5, p. 153

French: Petit-duc à bec jaune German: Gelbschnabeleule Spanish: Autillo Piquigualdo
Other common names: Cinnamon Scops-owl

Taxonomy: Scops icterorhynchus Shelley, 1873, Fantee, Ghana.
Probably forms superspecies with O. ireneae. Has been considered conspecific with Asian O. balli on basis of morphology, but differs significantly in plumage and vocal characters. Some authors have included Sumatran form “stresemanni” of O. spilocephalus as race of present species, or with the two forming a superspecies. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • icterorhynchus (Shelley, 1873) - Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
  • holerythrus (Sharpe, 1901) - S Cameroon, N Congo and N & E Zaire; probably also N Gabon.

  • Least Concern
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